Pakistan, Islamabad News – The All Parties Conference (APC) organized by Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam chief Malauna Fazlur Rehman (JUI-F) has issued a statement which backs efforts of the grand jirga for promoting peace in FATA.
The statement further adds that leaders of various parties at the APC will hold talks with the members of the grand jirga and the number of members in the pre-existing grand jirga should be increased.
According to the statement, practical measures should be taken to eliminate terrorism and a trust should be established for the families of the victims of terror.
The APC has made it clear that the current and upcoming government will be responsible for implementation of the APC decision.
Earlier during the APC, representatives of political parties stressed that a positive response should be given to the Taliban’s offer of peace talks.
PML-N president Nawaz Sharif said that peace is achieved through dialogue not war. Maulana Fazlur Rehman stated that the law and order situation was disappointing but this should not be a deterrent.
PPP president Makhdoom Amin Fahim said all efforts for peace would be supported adding that a decision should be made which is within the writ of the government, law and constitution. “The PPP itself is a victim of terrorism.”
JI Ameer, Syed Munawar Hasan addressing the conference said a positive response from the government regarding the Taliban’s offer for peace talks had not come forward. Meanwhile Aftab Sherpao said talks should be held after the Taliban lay down their arms.
Dr Farooq Sattar from the MQM said peace in Karachi and Balochistan was tied to FATA and there was a need to unite on the national agenda.